August 1, 2012 |
BOGOTA, Colombia - Like their U.S. counterparts, Colombian presidents customarily give accountings of their performances in addresses that resemble the State of the Union speech. But the speeches President Juan Manuel Santos has been giving in several cities to mark his two years in office are also an exercise in damage control, analysts say, to restore his plummeting popularity and counter sniping by his still-popular predecessor, ex-President Alvaro Uribe. A poll commissioned by Semana magazine showed Santos' approval rating has fallen to 47%, with 48% of those polled disapproving his performance.
July 21, 2012 |
NEW YORK — Juan Uribe received a one-day pardon from his tortured existence on Saturday. Uribe's ninth-inning, two-run home run against knuckleballer R.A. Dickey capped a memorable day for the long-slumping third baseman and secured the Dodgers' third consecutive victory, an 8-5 win over the New York Mets at Citi Field. Uribe also doubled and drew two walks. He drove in four runs and scored three, both seasons highs. "Today, I had a good day, a beautiful day," Uribe said.
July 21, 2012 |
Struggling Juan Uribe homered, doubled and drove in four runs to lead the Dodgers past the New York Mets, 8-5, on Saturday at Citi Field. Uribe, hitting under .200, capped his day with a two-run home run in the ninth inning off knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, the Mets starter who leads the National League with 13 wins but was called on in relief. For the second consecutive game the Dodgers chased the Mets' starting pitcher after only three innings, in this case veteran Miguel Batista.
July 9, 2012 |
Players coming -- Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier -- mean players going, and that's where it gets interesting for the Dodgers. These things are often more intriguing in theory than in actual execution, but in the midst of a four-day break, you take your intrigue where it can be found. If Kemp is activated from the disabled list Friday as scheduled, then Scott Van Slyke is heading back to triple-A Albuquerque. But if Ethier is also activated Friday, then what? It might mean the end of the Luis Cruz stint, but with Dee Gordon out for six weeks, somebody has to play shortstop.
June 26, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO — Juan Uribe insists he has something left. "My career still isn't over," he said. The second year of his three-year, $21-million contract isn't as miserable as his first, but it's close. The 32-year-old third baseman missed nearly a month because of a wrist problem that continues to hinder him. He was out of the lineup Tuesday. Uribe is batting .217 with a home run and 12 runs batted in. Whatever rhythm he had early in the season has disappeared.
June 24, 2012 |
Juan Uribe sat and watched Sunday, which should become more a regular feature for the Dodgers. Uribe has never really hit in the 1½ years he's been with Los Angeles, but he's been at a new low since coming off the disabled list. In the 11 games since he's returned from a sore wrist, he's hitting .161 (5 for 31) with a .188 on-base percentage and a .258 slugging percentage. Even Manager Don Mattingly, who would typically insist Uribe was hitting the ball well when the numbers indicated otherwise, now seems to be facing reality since Uribe's return.
June 6, 2012 |
PHILADELPHIA — Juan Uribe is expected to be activated from the 15-day disabled list Monday and Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said he plans to play him at third base. Mattingly has also said he intends to continue playing Jerry Hairston Jr. at second base because he wants to build continuity in the middle of the infield. So where does that leave Elian Herrera ? If he continues to play the way he has, Mattingly said he will find a place for him. The 27-year-old rookie utility man entered Wednesday batting .304.
May 20, 2012 |
After the scare sent through the team after Mark Ellis' leg surgery sidelined him for six weeks and with eight players on the disabled list, the Dodgers were due for some good health news. They actually got a little Sunday, when an MRI exam of Juan Uribe's sore left wrist showed no serious damage and he was cleared to resume baseball activities on Monday. "I'm really happy," Uribe said. "I feel like it will go quick now. " Uribe is eligible to come off the disabled list May 29, the same day as Matt Kemp,.
May 14, 2012 |
The list of injured Dodgers keeps growing, with Matt Kemp and Juan Uribe going on the disabled list Monday to join Jerry Hairston Jr. and Juan Rivera, among others. But the Dodgers' pitching staff, including Clayton Kershaw, their ace left-hander, largely has steered clear of injury, a key reason why the Dodgers have kept playing well early this season. Kershaw was stellar again Monday night in a duel with Arizona's Ian Kennedy, holding the Diamondbacks scoreless in seven innings of work as the Dodgers won, 3-1, at Dodger Stadium.
May 5, 2012 |
Jerry Hairston Jr. understands he's a role player, and he's embraced it. In 15 years in the major leagues, he's been a regular only once. The Dodgers signed him to be a utility player, and turning 37 later this month, it's not as if he's suddenly trying to reinvent himself. Trouble is, he's looking like someone the Dodgers need to play regularly. And particularly with Juan Uribe struggling, it might be hard to sit Hairston down. He's the only Dodger not named Matt Kemp who is hitting over .300 and is playing very good defense.